Chemistry (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 97 per cent of our chemistry research is categorised as world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised.
  • Our highly supportive chemistry community is ranked 1st in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2017 and in the top 10 in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2017.
  • Recognition for past and present Sussex faculty has been outstanding. We are proud to have counted among our faculty two Nobel prize winners – John Cornforth in 1975 and Harry Kroto in 1996. Six members of faculty have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society.
  • Chemistry has excellent facilities for synthesis and characterisation: mass-triggered liquid chromatography, multi-reaction microwaves, flow chemistry equipment and massspectrometry.
  • You are located in a centre of excellence facilitating the translation of basic scientific discovery into the delivery of novel treatments. Sussex belongs to the Barts and Brighton Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC), driving the development of anti-cancer treatments across the UK.

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Specialist facilities

In addition to specialised equipment within particular laboratories, we have outstanding communal research facilities including high-field multinuclear NMR instruments, an extensive mass spectrometry suite and an x-ray structure centre with instrumentation for protein and small-molecule structural determination. All these instruments are run by experienced academics and are open to all trained research students. Theoretical and computational work
is supported by a dedicated 16 node, 128 core InfiniBand connected high-performance computing cluster.

Programmes

  • PhD in Chemistry
  • MPhil in Chemistry

MPhil, PhD in Chemistry

The School of Life Sciences is a vibrant international research community. Our research ranges from drug discovery to transitional metal chemistry. We offer PhD/MPhil courses and welcome projects falling within our research interests.

Student progress and support

Throughout your studies, you take part in laboratory meetings, journal clubs and our weekly seminar series. We encourage all students to participate in national and international scientific meetings.

The School offers full support to all research students by monitoring their progress in the form of annual reviews, informal meetings and midyear reports (Year 1). The annual Postgraduate Research Colloquium brings doctoral students and faculty together for a wider discussion of research projects within the School. All third-year doctoral students give a talk on their research, and all second-year students submit a poster depicting the key aims and objectives, methods and findings of their research project.

We aim to ensure that you have the best possible research experience. The relationships between supervisors and research students are among the most rewarding of academic partnerships. We also host regular social events for our students to mingle with their peers and supervisors across the biosciences. We take student feedback seriously and doctoral students are represented on our Student Experience Committee.

Entry requirements

MPhil in Chemistry

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in chemistry or a related discipline. If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme

Overseas entrance requirements

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

PhD in Chemistry

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in chemistry or a related discipline.

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme

Overseas entrance requirements

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Visas and immigration

Find out more about Visas and immigration.

For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787
E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in Chemistry fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £18,3003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Chemistry fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £18,3003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Scholarships

The sources of financial support listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual source of financial support to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

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We are in the process of updating funding sources for postgraduate study in the academic year 2016/17. For general information, visit Postgraduate research scholarships 2016.

For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

Chemistry at Sussex has a broad base spanning inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry, each with an international profile, augmented by a strong bridge to the biosciences through medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.

Within the Translational Drug Discovery Centre there are groupings focusing on:

• medicinal chemistry of, and drug design for, oncology and neurodegeneration
• total synthesis of pharmaceutically important natural products, including antibiotics and antifungals.

Physical and inorganic chemistry provide the underpinning technical capabilities in x-ray and neutron diffraction, NMR and mass spectrometry. Our longstanding reputation in synthetic organometallic chemistry is complemented by strengths in polymerisation catalysis and physical inorganic chemistry.
Studies encompass most of the main group elements, transition metals, and f-block metals, eg lanthanides, Th, and U.

Organometallic research is directed towards the synthesis and structural characterisation of highly novel compounds. The discovery of new and incisive synthetic techniques is an overarching theme that brings together all of our groups in our recently refurbished state-of-theart synthetic laboratories.

Experimental physical chemistry develops techniques in laser science, single-molecule spectroscopy and FRET – Förster Resonance Energy Transfer – mass spectrometry, NMR, and nanoscience.

Dr Alaa Abdul-Sada
Mass Spectrometry Academic Research Facility Manager
A.Abdul-Sada@sussex.ac.uk

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Prof Mark Bagley
Professor of Organic Chemistry
M.C.Bagley@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Ageing, Arthritis, Biomarkers, Drug discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Metabolomics, Structural genomics

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Prof Wendy Brown
Professor Of Physical Chemistry
W.A.Brown@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Astrochemistry, Infrared spectroscopy, Physical chemistry, Surface Science, TPD

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Dr Qiao Chen
Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry
Qiao.Chen@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Catalysis and surfaces, Coatings for Energy applications, Photocatalysis, Solar Cells (Photovoltaics)

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Prof Geoff Cloke
Professor of Chemistry
F.G.Cloke@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Actinide complexes, Lanthanide complexes, Organometallic Catalysis, Organometallic complexes of transition metals, Organometallic syntheses, Political geography

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Dr Hazel Cox
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
H.Cox@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Chemical Physics, Computational chemistry, computational inorganic chemistry, quantum chemistry

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Prof Brian Cox
Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
B.Cox@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Ian Crossley
Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry
I.Crossley@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Alkynes, Chemical synthesis, Inorganic chemistry, Organometallic chemistry, Organometallic complexes of transition metals, Phosphorus Chemistry

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Dr Iain Day
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry & NMR Spectoscopy
I.J.Day@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Aggregation, Chemical Data Analysis, Inverse Problems, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Physical chemistry, Structure elucidation

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Dr George Kostakis
Senior Lecturer In Physical/Inorganic Chemistry
G.Kostakis@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: 3d/4f, Bimetallic Catalysts, Coordination chemistry, Coordination Clusters, Coordination Polymers, Polynuclear Inorganic Clusters Topology, Topology

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Prof Ali Nokhodchi
Professor of Pharmaceuticals and Drug Delivery
A.Nokhodchi@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Drug Formulation and Delivery, Drug nanoparticles, Dry Powder Inhalation, Microparticles for drugs, Particle Engineering, Transdermal Delivery

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Dr Mark Osborne
Senior Lecturer In Chemistry
M.Osborne@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Laser Spectroscopy

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Prof John Spencer
Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry
J.Spencer@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Chemical probes, Medicinal Chemistry, microwave chemistry, Parallel Synthesis, Supramolecular chemistry

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Dr John Turner
Reader in Inorganic Physical Chemistry
J.F.C.Turner@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Photocatalysis

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Dr Alfredo Vargas
Senior Lecturer In Physical Chemistry
Alfredo.Vargas@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Physical chemistry

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Dr Eddy Viseux
Lecturer in Organic Chemistry
E.M.E.Viseux@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Transition metals

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Prof Simon Ward
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Simon.Ward@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Allosteric, Alzheimer's Disease, Biomarkers, Cancer (Human disease), Chemoinformatics, Cognition, Drug Design, Drug discovery, Inhibitors, Ion channels, Medicinal Chemistry, Neurodegeneration, Neuroscience (Human disease), Schizophrenia, Structural biology

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Careers and perspectives

Our training courses equip you with the knowledge for scientific careers in academia, industry and scientific publishing. A doctoral degree will give you a range of transferable skills that will be valuable in your chosen career.

Our graduates have secured posts as science teachers, university lecturers and researchers within the pharmaceutical industry. Many of our graduates go on to postdoctoral research posts within the UK and worldwide.

To find out more, visit Careers and alumni

Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

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School and contacts

Contact us

Chemistry, School of Life Sciences, 
John Maynard Smith Building, 
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton BN1 9QG, UK 
T +44 (0)1273 678057 
E lifesci@sussex.ac.uk

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Discover Postgraduate Study information sessions

Our monthly information sessions help you discover more about postgraduate study and what Sussex has to offer.

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Around the UK

In addition to on-campus events, come and meet our postgraduate specialists at events across the UK.

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Other ways to visit Sussex

We run weekly guided campus tours year round.

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You are also welcome to visit the University independently without any pre-arrangement.

Our online campus tour can also give you an excellent introduction to the University.

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Overseas visits

Meet with Sussex staff in your country at exhibitions, visits to schools and universities, and at a wide range of other events. Forthcoming visits are planned all over the world:

Bahrain • Brazil • Brunei • Canada • China • Colombia • France • Germany • Ghana • Greece • Hong Kong • India • Indonesia • Iraq • Italy • Japan • Kenya • Kuwait • Malaysia • Mexico • Nigeria • Norway • Pakistan • Qatar • Saudi Arabia • Singapore • South Korea • Spain • Sri Lanka • Taiwan • Thailand • Turkey • UAE • USA • Vietnam.

In-country representatives

In the International Office, we manage a network of overseas representatives who have been trained to support international students with their application to study at the University. Services representatives provide can include pre-departure information, support in submitting your housing application and advice regarding applying for a UK Student Visa.

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